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Open architecture command control communication collaborative and intelligent (OA-C4I) solution for proactive infrastructure protection and management
Author(s): Hossein Besharatian; Afshin Abedi
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In light of the new paradigm of heightened security, the market is uniquely primed for a kind of complete centralized/decentralized collaborative operational command and control system. Today, in virtually every market sector, companies and government agencies are making fragmented and often redundant investments in the monitoring and control of critical systems. The practiced solutions however are capital-intensive, intelligence-poor, and can hamper a company’s ability to respond promptly to systems failures and security breaches. In this paper we propose an alternative integrated open-architecture monitoring, control, and communication systems (OAMCCS) solution that measurably improves operational management, prevention and detection, and dramatically reduces response times. This approach provides real return on investment for its customers by not only saving money, but also vital infrastructures and possibly lives. The OAMCCS is ideal for monitoring and maintaining the health of infrastructures and for providing a scalable, cohesive, and coordinated approach to protecting vital infrastructures. Though most market sectors indicate a significant trust for implementation of OAMCCS, the post-9/11 government sector represents the most immediately addressable market. A number of Government initiatives that have been established after the events of 9/11 have resulted in an exceptional demand for products and services that can strengthen the security capabilities of the armed forces and other key agencies. The need for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) has never been greater and the OAMCCS solutions are ideally positioned to leverage this demand. Monitoring, control, and communication systems (MCCS) are an essential part of any infrastructure installation, management and maintenance program that typically involve complex tasks during the service life of the infrastructure. In addition, feedback control system is also vital to assure the functionality of these facilities. Integrating the MCCS into one versatile unit could reduce monitoring manpower, human errors, and maintenance costs. Such system would inherently improve coordination efforts in response to post-disaster emergency management needs (i.e. earthquake, storms, etc.), military conflicts, or terrorist attacks. The open-architecture concept for MCCS collects all forms of environmentally-induced raw data from physical layer devices, transfers them via any and all standard forms of communication (i.e. network, wireless, satellite, etc.) to a central nerve center for intelligent decision making, and provides appropriate feedback to individual devices in how to monitor or control the desired environment. OAMCCS is ideal for large systems with sensors and actuators in hard to reach places or in remote and inaccessible areas. This paper provides a general outline for applications and main components of such systems in major industries, and describes some current capabilities through past experiences and examples of their current usage in ongoing projects.

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Proc. SPIE 5270, Environmental Monitoring and Remediation III, ; doi: 10.1117/12.518659
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Hossein Besharatian, IKUB Consulting (United States)
Afshin Abedi, Telnet Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5270:
Environmental Monitoring and Remediation III
Tuan Vo-Dinh; Guenter Gauglitz; Robert A. Lieberman; Klaus P. Schäfer; Dennis K. Killinger, Editor(s)

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